The Columns Museum - Books, Art and Photograph Collections

Of the 500 or so titles owned by the Pike County Historical Society, about 400 of them are considered rare.

Famous authors who had ties to the area include Zane Grey and Stephen Crane. Many of the titles are a treasure trove to early life in the area - the 19th century, in particular.

Since the museum is home to the famous Lincoln Flag, you'll find a number of titles about Lincoln and the Civil War.

The museum also houses several original landscapes by the painter John Newton Howitt, a local resident and noteworthy 20th Century American artist. Many of his works take us back to an America that is vastly different than the one we live in today.

The Columns Museum - Books, Art and Photograph Collections

The Columns Museum - Books, Art and Photograph Collections

example of john newton howitt artIn addition to an extensive collection of local area genealogical resources, the Pike County Historical Society also houses  old and recent local newspapers, periodicals, pamphlets, maps, and posters,  as well as reels of microfilm pertaining to Pike County.

View a complete set of the works of Zane Grey and several books by Stephen Crane, the author of The Red Badge of Courage. Mr Crane once camped at Twin Lakes in Shohola. 

In the area of photography, the Society holds a vast collection of photographs, negatives, and slides which depict life in Pike County during the 19th and 20thcenturies. In addition, numerous historical photographs of President Lincoln, members of the Gourlay family, and others related to the events surrounding the Lincoln Flag's history are also on display.

Also on display at the museum are the bust, "The Painted Lady," by Paul Duboy; numerous water colors which focus upon life in the Delaware Valley; several oil paintings on canvas; and a number of sculpted pieces of Abraham Lincoln.